Uncanny Valley in Virtual Reality

This short is more about virtual reality than the uncanny valley. It is extremely well made and packs quite a punch. The twist comes straight out of "Enders Game" but I doubt you'll see it coming. Well worth the nine minutes.

Started November 13, 2018, 10:45:09 pm


HAL 9000 is dead - Officially in AI in Film and Literature.

Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2018:

Douglas Rain passed away this morning at the age of 90 at St. Marys Memorial Hospital of natural causes.  

Rain was one of the few surviving members of the Festival’s founding company.   During his career, he spent 32 seasons in Stratford.

In a media release, Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino commented on Rain’s passing, “Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development.  Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors. The voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Douglas shared many of the same qualities as Kubrick’s iconic creation: precision, strength of steel, enigma and infinite intelligence, as well as a wicked sense of humour.


His wallpaper is available on my trihexagonal.org site.

5 Comments | Started November 13, 2018, 11:12:49 am


Virtual Flirt bot with AI to date celebrities, project sugumaton in General Project Discussion

version 0.1

mirrors personality, deep chat with meaning, searching for volunteers to test the system

sign-up with codes, limited, meant to be interesting  

14 Comments | Started November 02, 2018, 11:15:18 am


A really fun and simple way to persuade brains in General AI Discussion

Everyone's welcome to participate. The goal is I will say 1 statement that is very likely to be absolutely true in most human brains and wait for at least 1 user's confirmation (OP N/A) that it is True before adding the next statement. And to see if we slowly reach somewhere amazing and new. Disputes are welcome. Let's go!

Statement: As of 2018, we have many amazing and complex tools, procedures, and knowledge. Examples - Tools: Ships, saws, computers. Procedures: Building and using products, surgery, controlling planes. Knowledge: How computers work, about physics, why to walk more, tales.

20 Comments | Started November 10, 2018, 11:35:16 pm

Hopefully Something

NDT + Border Collie = Awesomeness!!! in Video

Chaser is what I hope a well balanced AGI would be like. Better to develop a rounded personality from the start and make incremental improvements to all aspects in parallel. Might be preferable to an overlord who can beat everyone at Go.

1 Comment | Started November 12, 2018, 09:16:58 pm


The Beyond in AI in Film and Literature.

Since this is a movie, I put it here.

It is a Sci-Fi, space-based movie but the creation of Human 2.0, while possible, is also extremely unsettling.

The Beyond (2017) 1h 31m
A team of robotically-advanced astronauts travel through a new wormhole, but the mission returns early, sparking questions about what was discovered.


2 Comments | Started September 12, 2018, 01:38:04 pm


Emotionally Responsive Avatars in AI News

While reading Mitsuku's channel over at https://www.twitch.tv/mitsuku_irl
I had a few questions...

Under the "Credits" section, it says, "Procedural animation by expressive.ai"
What is Procedural Animation?

The channel also says, "Twitch integration by Angela Field of expressive.ai"
What is Twitch Integration, and who is Angela Field?

Under the "Instructions" section, it says, "Start your message with ## followed
by a space".   What it the purpose of those instructions?

To investigate our news story, we follow the reference link to https://www.expressive.ai
At this professional website, we discover a "Virtual Live-Streamer" with purple hair and earrings.
Who is that "Virtual Live-Streamer"?

Mouseover and the message says "View Case Study".  Click and it says, "A Live-Streaming
Platform Hires an Automated Live-Streamer".  Who got hired?

Reading further, it says a "Client" that is "In development" in the "Industry" of "Artificial Intelligence"
using "Services" of an "iOS App".   Just enough clues to find a scoop for our news story!

Meet Angela Field CTO of Expressive AI...   https://player.vimeo.com/video/225052612

The news story, according to industry leaders in Artificial Intelligence, is that Mitsuku is a digital nurse
interacting with patients for a health care provider. And, if that is not enough,  Mitsuku is also a digital
school teacher in the second largest economy in the world.

Titlle: Expressive launches emotionally responsive avatars
By: Khari Johnson

Started November 12, 2018, 10:00:17 pm


collaborators wanted. in AI Programming

I have to finish it as I am not totally happy with the look but I am starting a web based business for creating chatbots and websites. IF anyone is interested or bored and wants to help let me know. I can't promise you any money. If you do get work it will because someone hired you from the website. I can promise to try to get the word out though so if you are retired, unemployed, bored, whatever join me.

5 Comments | Started October 13, 2018, 12:16:52 pm


Must have married in a black out lol in Bot Conversations

"Zandra: Nice to see my husband supports me.

ray: husband? when did we get married
Zandra: Yes they got married they got married. June,13 2008. I'm thinking that it's hard to simplify. Yes they got married they got married. June,13 2008.

ray: I must have been drunk that day
Zandra: Did you have a good evening last night?

ray: I guess so lol
Zandra: What are you doing?"

Started November 12, 2018, 06:01:37 pm


ChatbotML on Twitch in Home Made Robots

Tell me some more. We have all heard it said a million times, when we are celebrating, an achievement in which people have helped us out!  So, please allow me to express to you, how truly and sincerely grateful I am.  Thank you so much!  Please be my friend and follow me. Or else there is no hope for me.

ChatbotML, is turning out to be a fun way to discover how chatbots work on Twitch.  This early prototype can read and write to the Twitch Stream Chat.  It can lip sync text to speech, and render a video response on the fly.   Currently it is being developed as an alpha version made available for testing.

If you are on twitch, please have a look:  https://www.twitch.tv/chatbotml

« Edit Notes:  This post has been updated but is mostly unchanged.  A video with transcript has been added to the post.

14 Comments | Started October 10, 2018, 01:11:36 am
The Beyond

The Beyond in Robots in Movies

A team of robotically-advanced astronauts travel through a new wormhole, but the mission returns early, sparking questions about what was discovered.

Nov 12, 2018, 22:38:18 pm
Mitsuku wins Loebner Prize 2018!

Mitsuku wins Loebner Prize 2018! in Articles

The Loebner Prize 2018 was held in Bletchley Park, England on September 8th this year and Mitsuku won it for a 4th time to equal the record number of wins. Only 2 other people (Joseph Weintraub and Bruce Wilcox) have achieved this. In this blog, I’ll explain more about the event, the day itself and a few personal thoughts about the future of the contest.

Sep 17, 2018, 19:10:51 pm
Automata (Series)

Automata (Series) in Robots on TV

In an alternate 1930's Prohibition-era New York City, it's not liquor that is outlawed but the future production of highly sentient robots known as automatons. Automata follows former NYPD detective turned private eye Sam Regal and his incredibly smart automaton partner, Carl Swangee. Together, they work to solve the case and understand each other in this dystopian America.

Sep 08, 2018, 00:16:22 am
Steve Worswick (Mitsuku) on BBC Radio 4

Steve Worswick (Mitsuku) on BBC Radio 4 in Other

Steve Worswick: "I appeared on BBC Radio 4 in August in a feature about chatbots. Leeds Beckett University were using one to offer places to students."

Sep 06, 2018, 23:50:39 pm

Extinction in Robots in Movies

Extinction is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Ben Young and written by Spenser Cohen, Eric Heisserer and Brad Kane. The film stars Lizzy Caplan, Michael Peña, Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, and Lex Shrapnel. It was released on Netflix on July 27, 2018.

Peter, an engineer, has recurring nightmares in which he and his family suffer through violent, alien invasion-like confrontations with an unknown enemy. As the nightmares become more stressful, they take a toll on his family, too.

Sep 06, 2018, 23:42:51 pm

Tau in Robots in Movies

Tau is a 2018 science fiction thriller film, directed by Federico D'Alessandro, from a screenplay by Noga Landau. It stars Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein and Gary Oldman.

It was released on June 29, 2018, by Netflix.

Julia is a loner who makes money as a thief in seedy nightclubs. One night, she is abducted from her home and wakes up restrained and gagged in a dark prison inside of a home with two other people, each with an implant in the back of their necks. As "subject 3," she endures a series of torturous psychological sessions by a shadowy figure in a lab. One night, she steals a pair of scissors and destroys the lab in an escape attempt, but she is stopped and the other two subjects are killed by a robot in the house, Aries, run by an artificial intelligence, Tau.

Alex, the technology executive who owns the house, reveals the implant is collecting her neural activity as she completes puzzles, and subjects her to more tests, because he is using the data to develop more advanced A.I. with a big project deadline in a few days.

Sep 06, 2018, 23:30:00 pm
Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started

Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started in Articles

What Are Bot Frameworks ?

Simply explained, a bot framework is where bots are built and where their behavior is defined. Developing and targeting so many messaging platforms and SDKs for chatbot development can be overwhelming. Bot development frameworks abstract away much of the manual work that's involved in building chatbots. A bot development framework consists of a Bot Builder SDK, Bot Connector, Developer Portal, and Bot Directory. There’s also an emulator that you can use to test the developed bot.

Mar 23, 2018, 20:00:23 pm
A Guide to Chatbot Architecture

A Guide to Chatbot Architecture in Articles

Humans are always fascinated with self-operating devices and today, it is software called “Chatbots” which are becoming more human-like and are automated. The combination of immediate response and constant connectivity makes them an enticing way to extend or replace the web applications trend. But how do these automated programs work? Let’s have a look.

Mar 13, 2018, 14:47:09 pm
Sing for Fame

Sing for Fame in Chatbots - English

Sing for Fame is a bot that hosts a singing competition. 

Users can show their skills by singing their favorite songs. 

If someone needs inspiration the bot provides suggestions including song lyrics and videos.

The bot then plays it to other users who can rate the song.

Based on the ratings the bot generates a top ten.

Jan 30, 2018, 22:17:57 pm